Livestock

Local Highlights

December 20, 2016

Do you have a hard-to-buy-for farmer in your life? Consider a truly unique gift of education with a registration to the Driftless Region Beef Conference, set for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27, 2017. This conference for beef producers from Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin will be held at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque.

Cow/Calf Photo
December 19, 2016

Cow-calf producers who want to learn more about improving returns from their enterprise are invited to attend any in a series of strategy-focused workshops in early 2017 hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Iowa State cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn is organizing the workshops and will share information about feeding, including grazing harvest residue, cover crops and alternative feeds.

December 19, 2016

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Farmland values hit a historic high in 2013, but have steadily declined since then. The statewide average value for an acre of farmland is now about 17.5 percent lower than 2013 values.
 

December 13, 2016

Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues at the 2017 Dairy Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 19 and Feb. 2. Delaware County will host an event on February 2.

December 7, 2016

To become certified initially, applicators must take the exam offered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS).  The local test date and location will be March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Delaware County Community Center, Fairgrounds, Manchester.  The Private Pesticide Applicator CICs for Delaware County will be offered on Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Maquoketa Valley Auditorium, Delhi and Wednesday, February 22 at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at the Delaware County Community Center, Manchester.  

Statewide Resources

  •  Information on livestock housing systems, general construction and ventilation and animal environment.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • To add value to the egg industry by facilitating research and learning for egg producers, processors and consumers through national and international collaboration.

  • Your link to Master Equine Manager, Grazing News, and information on educational opportunities throughout the year.

  • Enhancing Dairy Profits and Quality of Life

  • Working to develop and deliver the latest in research-based information to improve the profitability and vitality of Iowa’s beef industry.

  • Works to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Research-based, peer-reviewed, practical, and affordable publications on a number of topics relative to agriculture.

  • Bringing the benefits of veterinary medicine to society by promoting animal welfare and public health through the on-going education of veterinarians and the dissemination of animal health production, food safety and animal welfare information to veterinarians, livestock producers, consumers, and related clientele.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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